Local Transparency
Gesche Schmid
Programme Manager Transparency
Local Government Association

Transparency code road show ...
Local Transparency
• Local government supports a
presumption in favour of
transparency and open data
• transparency foster...
Local transparency
• Open by default (Vision Redbridge)
• Closed data is dead data (Future Cities)
“There are only two typ...
Local Government sector-led
approach
• encourage a more meaningful approach to the release of
open data with the emphasis ...
Local open data
infrastructure
Enable local data to be easily discovered, combined and
compared to make them more meaningf...
LG Inform: LGA data service
‘The LGA’s free data service which presents you with up-todate published data about your local...
Core reference data
Local authorities

(and more)

Companies

Administrative
geographies

Legislation

Finance

Services, ...
LG Inform

http://standards.esd.org.uk
Inventories and aggregators of local data

Common inventory formats for
harvesting
Common dataset formats for
combining si...
Transparency code guidance
• LGA and partners developed guidance to provide
practical help to local authorities to
– publi...
Site to be updated once
code is finalised
http://www.local.gov.uk/practitioners-guides-to-publishing-data
Spending data template
Spending data:
Body Name
Bristol City Council
Bristol City Council
Bristol City Council

Body
Name
Amount Pay Date
Descrip...
Local government support
• Collate responses from the sector on transparency code and
submit LGA response to DCLG (e-mail
...
Open Data Breakthrough Programme
• enables open data release and ease of access to open data
to stimulate engagement, inno...
Open Data Breakthrough Projects 2013/14
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Peterborough City Council - Index of
open data sets to aid compar...
Open Data Breakthrough Projects 2013/14
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London Borough of Harrow – Hot
Harrow
London Borough of Hounslow ...
Voucher Scheme
• £700K of funding to local authorities for publishing
data to certain standards to provide more consistent...
Services supporting

Local transparency and open data

Local Transparency: http://www.local.gov.uk/local-transparency,

Em...
Lga local transparency code roadshow  jan 2014
Lga local transparency code roadshow  jan 2014
Lga local transparency code roadshow  jan 2014
Lga local transparency code roadshow  jan 2014
Lga local transparency code roadshow  jan 2014
Lga local transparency code roadshow  jan 2014
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  • Make everything open: Improves dataFewer requestsMake data work for you Transparency as a means of transforming services (open, accessible, cooperative, efficient)Self assessment and self serviceSharing of insightEngage people in local decision makingBased on needs and demands rather than central control (mandated)needs to find out what people want rather than guessuse of social media
  • Make everything open: Improves dataFewer requestsMake data work for you Transparency as a means of transforming services (open, accessible, cooperative, efficient)Self assessment and self serviceSharing of insightEngage people in local decision makingBased on needs and demands rather than central control (mandated)needs to find out what people want rather than guessuse of social mediaParkopediaUsing local authority data to give drivers live parking updates Licence cab app
  • promote a greater understanding and responsibility for the opening up of data within local authorities manage £1 million of breakthrough funding to release open databuild skills and capabilities to publish and make better use of open dataidentify good practice in publishing and using the data in services and business applications and encouraging uses in the communitysupport the sector with guidance and development of data standardsfoster a collaborative approach to help authorities reduce costs in publishing their data promote the better use of data through existing and new online applications, tools and services (including LG Inform and esd toolkit)advocate the opening up of key government datasets, in the interest of local authorities and local communities. continue its lobbying for ways to cover costs for collating, maintaining and publishing data to given standards where the publishing of comparable data adds further value
  • developing and promoting common standards, classifications and taxonomies where they do not already existas part of the BIS-funded open data Breakthrough Fund, local projects are developing further standards for indexing and classifying local data and inventories technical guidance developed by LeGSB which sets out some of the principles for linking data.through the Smart Cities programme, promoting the use of common standards for the intelligent use of data for operating city environments more effectively and efficiently (LeGSB is leading on the standards work)together with the Cabinet Office, we are developing a local domain on data.gov.uk to provide a common focal point for sharing and promoting local open data, common standards, apps and initiatives and working with developers and citizens to build best practice as indicated in the government response to the Shakespear review. Publishing Local 5-star Data: A Technical Compendium, at http://legsb.i-network.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/LeGSB-PublishingLocal5StarData-Rev4.pdf
  • When publishing open data you should use national recognised identifiers where possible for things like: local authorities, geographical areas, finance codes...esd-standards provides identifiers, names and descriptions for key concepts in local government like service, function, metric, process.
  • Tools to exploit the esd-standards including:records retentionpowers and dutiesneighbourhood geographiespublished data inventories
  • This slide is included to describe the Peterborough led work in more detail if needed.
  • Role of councillors: foster the use of open data to driveeconomic growth and businessEfficient and effective service deliveryEnabling citizens and communities
  • Lga local transparency code roadshow jan 2014

    1. 1. Local Transparency Gesche Schmid Programme Manager Transparency Local Government Association Transparency code road show January 2014 www.local.gov.uk
    2. 2. Local Transparency • Local government supports a presumption in favour of transparency and open data • transparency fosters greater accountability and democracy • ready access and meaningful use of open data – Innovates and transforms local public services – Empowers citizen, business, community groups • The pace of the transition from closed to open data is based on local needs and demand
    3. 3. Local transparency • Open by default (Vision Redbridge) • Closed data is dead data (Future Cities) “There are only two types of data in Bristol City Council: confidential data which we can’t share, and open data which will be made available.” Councillor Mark Wright, Bristol • Used within public sector to transform services – Self assessment and self service(community budgets). – Sharing of Insight • Make data open so that it can be reused by citizen, business, community groups, – Apps, location analysis, commissioning, engagement with communities • £ 70 million value in efficiency savings through the better use of public sector information in local government alone (DeLoitte 2013)
    4. 4. Local Government sector-led approach • encourage a more meaningful approach to the release of open data with the emphasis of a sector-led approach to improvement and innovation. – Local Transparency programme managed by the Local Government Association (LGA) – Local Open Data Group to promote a common local data infrastructure and local domain on data.gov.uk – Local government open data breakthrough programme funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and voucher programme funded by Cabinet Office – http://www.local.gov.uk/local-transparency
    5. 5. Local open data infrastructure Enable local data to be easily discovered, combined and compared to make them more meaningful through the use of common standards. • common standards, classifications and taxonomies where they do not already exist (esd toolkit) • Practical and technical guidance developed by LGA and LeGSB which sets out some of the principles for publishing and linking data. • a local domain on data.gov.uk to provide a common focal point for sharing and promoting local open data, common standards, apps and initiatives • local government data and information services (LG Inform)
    6. 6. LG Inform: LGA data service ‘The LGA’s free data service which presents you with up-todate published data about your local area and the performance of your council’. www.local.gov.uk/lginform
    7. 7. Core reference data Local authorities (and more) Companies Administrative geographies Legislation Finance Services, circumstances, Metrics, ...
    8. 8. LG Inform http://standards.esd.org.uk
    9. 9. Inventories and aggregators of local data Common inventory formats for harvesting Common dataset formats for combining similar data from different councils Common vocabularies to identify similar datasets and formats (Services List + Functions List)
    10. 10. Transparency code guidance • LGA and partners developed guidance to provide practical help to local authorities to – publish local data to meet the needs of the code and to – add value for reusing the data • The LGA will review and update existing guidance for publishing spending, salaries and procurement • Include outcome of LGA consultation on VCS spending • Develop new guidance where necessary • Keep it simple, identify and promote standards and best practice
    11. 11. Site to be updated once code is finalised http://www.local.gov.uk/practitioners-guides-to-publishing-data
    12. 12. Spending data template
    13. 13. Spending data: Body Name Bristol City Council Bristol City Council Bristol City Council Body Name Amount Pay Date Description 1 Descri http://statistics.data.gov.uk/id/local-authority/00HB @SYMES HARTCLIFFE & WITHYWOOD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP TRAINING COSTS 590 30/08/2012 EMPLOYEE ORGA http://statistics.data.gov.uk/id/local-authority/00HB @SYMES HARTCLIFFE & WITHYWOOD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP TRAINING COSTS 962.5 16/08/2012 EMPLOYEE ORGA http://statistics.data.gov.uk/id/local-authority/00HB 10 SQUARED LIMITED 922.5 29/08/2012 EQUIPMENT, FURNITURE & MA NURSE
    14. 14. Local government support • Collate responses from the sector on transparency code and submit LGA response to DCLG (e-mail transparency@local.gov.uk with comments) • Develop guidance on publishing data in collaboration with the sector, DCLG, LeGSB and ICO • Develop and promote standards and data services (LG Inform and LG Inform Plus) • Identify good practice and case studies • Manage open data breakthrough and voucher programme • Hold workshops across the country to promote a greater understanding and responsibility for the opening up of data within local authorities
    15. 15. Open Data Breakthrough Programme • enables open data release and ease of access to open data to stimulate engagement, innovation and growth • overcome particular technical barriers in opening up data so that the data can be more easily used in onward applications, tools and services • develop concepts, tools, services, standards or systems which directly lead to the opening up of data • promotes standards and good practice in opening up data. • Almost 50 applications: 19 successful project applications in 2013/14 • Further funding in 2014/15: await further announcements on www.local.gov.uk/local-transparency
    16. 16. Open Data Breakthrough Projects 2013/14 • • • • • • • Peterborough City Council - Index of open data sets to aid comparison across councils. Kent County Council - Local government legal and business guidance as open data Redbridge Council - DataShare Barnet London Borough - Barnet Data Store Cheshire East Council - URIs for natural neighbourhoods Hampshire County Council - Linked Open Data Planning Register Leicester City Council -The automation of the publishing of Open Data and internal MI data in a standard, machine readable, linked format • • • • • Lancashire County Council Lancashire Local Information Service (LIS) Project Cambridgeshire County Council Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data: Stimulating Economic Growth and Encouraging Innovation. Devon County Council - Local Government Community Data – opportunities for localities and businesses* Leeds City Council - development of the West Yorkshire Observatory* and Hackathon City of York Council - York Open Data – Empowering communities to access services (not able to present today)
    17. 17. Open Data Breakthrough Projects 2013/14 • • • • • • • London Borough of Harrow – Hot Harrow London Borough of Hounslow – Customer Data Gateway London Borough of Lambeth Cooperative Council Community Data Project London Councils - Intelligent London: Skills Match North Somerset Council – Customer Information Portal and Dashboard Sunderland City Council – Sunderland Software City Data Brokerage Surrey Heath – County wide Planning Open Data
    18. 18. Voucher Scheme • £700K of funding to local authorities for publishing data to certain standards to provide more consistent, reusable data from local government. • Local authorities will receive a voucher if they publish their data to given standards. • managed through the LG Inform Plus (formerly esd toolkit) programme funded by Cabinet Office, through the Public Sector Transparency Board • Further announcements to follow
    19. 19. Services supporting Local transparency and open data Local Transparency: http://www.local.gov.uk/local-transparency, Email: transparency@local.gov.uk LG Inform: www.local.gov.uk/about-lginform, Email: LGInform@local.gov.uk Esd toolkit: www.esd.org.uk

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